In what could be a groundbreaking move, Apple (AAPL) is said to be weighing a "multi-billion...


In what could be a groundbreaking move, Apple (AAPL) is said to be weighing a "multi-billion dollar bid" for exclusive distribution rights for the English Premier League from 2013-2016. Such a move would give Apple a valuable content asset to push to both its mobile devices and any future TV sets it releases. Apple has reportedly been stymied in its efforts to secure a la carte distribution deals with studios for top programs.

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  • Joe Dirnfeld
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    That would be a huge mistake.
    6 Jan 2012, 01:41 PM Reply Like
  • Canary Cash
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    If this is the case what other distro rights are they hunting...perhaps they are looking to replace cable not just your average TV...would make sense, they dominate music now
    6 Jan 2012, 01:47 PM Reply Like
  • mtrader87
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    Agree with Joe Dir that it will not be a wise move for Apple. This is just a rumor, Apple is not stupid to commit its capital to such a deal.
    6 Jan 2012, 02:16 PM Reply Like
  • Losing Paper While Gaining ...
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    I'm curious, why do you all think it would be stupid?

     

    They'd have the hardware to sell - computers, mobile and alleged apple tv -, and the distribution infrastructure both for delivery and charging via itunes.

     

    I think it'd be terrible for choice, but good for Apple. Why do you think it would be bad for them? What am I missing?
    7 Jan 2012, 06:07 PM Reply Like
  • SilkHope
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    I believe MLB would be next. you could run your own instant replay while your in the ball park.
    6 Jan 2012, 04:02 PM Reply Like
  • SilkHope
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    MLB could be next, Just imagine watching your own instant replay (via iPad) from your box seats.
    6 Jan 2012, 04:03 PM Reply Like
  • Spencer Knight
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    It would take living outside the U.S. to understand the importance of this kind of deal. In America it is difficult comprehend how many people devote their lives to soccer. Imagine combing the popularity of the NFL, NBA, and MLB and you get the EPL.

     

    There may be other things AAPL can do with their cash pile that would make shareholders happy, but this would be a monumental deal. If it goes through of course...
    6 Jan 2012, 05:06 PM Reply Like
  • tucker1151
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    They should be looking into buying VHC...
    6 Jan 2012, 10:12 PM Reply Like
  • Mark Selzler
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    The initial push for the new apple television and content willl begin here in the USA....Soccer....really? With 80 billion in the bank, perhaps one becomes remiss with the value of a dollar. Just sayin.
    8 Jan 2012, 02:23 AM Reply Like
  • jweissman
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    They buy what they can get. Buy content from HBO, CNN, Showtime, etc--then I'll be impressed.
    8 Jan 2012, 09:34 AM Reply Like
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